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Re: article on URIs, is this material that can be used by the SWEO IG?

From: Ed Davies <edavies@nildram.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2007 12:23:14 +0100
Message-ID: <46615322.2080905@nildram.co.uk>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
CC: www-tag@w3.org

John Cowan wrote:
> ...
> The connection between an information resource and its representation(s)
> is fairly close and straightforward.  The representation you get of
> Italy when you do a GET on an URL for Italy will have a rather more
> abstract connection to Italy.

The use of the words "of Italy" here are not quite right,
I think.  You don't get a representation of Italy, you
get (after 303 indirection to flag what's going on) a
representation of an information resource.  The best you
can hope for is that the information resource says
something interesting about Italy.

The use of the work "representation" in this context is
a bit specialized.  In everyday language people might say
that a map of Italy is a representation of that country
whereas, in the context of TAG discussions, I think that
specific SVG or PNG files (or pieces of paper) are regarded
as representations of the map.  Italy is only the topic of
the map, not the thing represented by the files.

Ed Davies.
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